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Changdeokgung Palace Complex

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Constructed in the early 15th century, the Changdeokgung Palace (literally the Palace of Prospering Virtue) is one of the Five Grand Palaces built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. The complex, which occupies nearly 143 acres in northern Seoul, Korea, distinguishes itself from conventional palace architecture by its clever adaptation to the uneven topography. The architecture and design are exceptional examples of buildings harmoniously integrating into the natural landscape. The palace, which was destroyed during a Japanese invasion in the 16th century, served as the main seat of the Joseon Dynasty for 250 years following its reconstruction. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, Changdeokgung has had a major influence on Korean architecture, garden design and landscape planning for centuries.

—Prepared by the World Tribune staff

June 9, 2023, World Tribune, p. 12

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